dealsvizio 32” 720p lcd hdtv for $249.99 + $5.00…

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that's actually not a good deal.
1) it's LCD, not LED. With the price of LED falling to basically the same as LCD, you should avoid getting LCD screens - these use florescent lights which have a lifetime of only a few years, and if you are lucky and they last more than 3-4 years they get yellow with time.

2) Microcenter, which is not a cheap store, has refurbished Westinghouse (LD-3255VX / LD3257DF) LED TVs for the same $249.

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@compugician: LED TVss are also LCD. LCD is the panel, LED is the backlighting. The traditional backlighting is CCFL.

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@compugician: Except that Westinghouse makes terrible TV's!

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How does this TV get 19201080 resolution as computer? Is is comparable to computer monitors that have native 19201080?

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@gxn: that is --exactly-- what I am saying. Avoid CCFL backlight if you can get LED backlight for not much more (let alone, the same price). Did you even read my comment?

@stevec5000: I volunteer at a museum, we have 30 westinghouse TVs, they have been on 9 hours a day for two years now. They are all still working like new. Sure their menu is annoying, but who cares about the menu in a cheap TV? how often do you adjust the brightness anyway?

@ctcsback: It downconverts to the native resolution. It basically means you'll get aliasing on sharp lines or patterns, and that small-font text will NOT be readable. you are better off working at the native resolution. The ability to downconvert is a marketing tool. It has zero advantages.

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@stevec5000: Westinghouse doesn't make TVs. The Westinghouse name was merely licensed to the marketer, because it was a "known" brand of home goods.

Also, my 4-5 year old 47" Westinghouse LCD still works like a champ...and was at least $1,000 less than most any other available LCD of that size (except Vizio) when the purchase was made.

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A couple things.

We have a few Vizio TVs in the house, and they're solid. I was worried because they were consistently cheaper than other models with the same specs, but they're great quality.

The dynamic contrast ratio is a very important spec if you're looking to watch movies, and vastly understated. In a nutshell, a low ratio is what ends up generating those parts of your screen that are "too black" and you get what looks like signal noise and all kinds of picture artifacts. If the ratio is large, your TV can effectively display a greater variety of these dark colors, making it look more like what was intended, and less like crap. 100,000:1 is a good number. Not a fantastic one, I think the high end TVs top out at 1,000,000:1 which is basically the human eye's threshold of perception for such things, but still good enough. For reference, a TV in the retail world with these specs and price would probably be 2,500:1. I'd call this a good deal.

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I had a very similar (though not identical) Vizio 32 LCD. The tv was great until the component inexplicably failed. Soon after the composite stopped working, it became a coax/hdmi only situation. I gave it to my nephew.

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i have a 26' LED VIZIO. not lcd like this one.
but my point is. would buy another if i had to!
great TV. works like a champ!

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1 vote for visio. 1 Negative for westinghouse. I had one of their TV's last a whole 13 months before it stopped working. Westing house was very rude and useless on the phone.

Visio's are great reliable TV's. And don't worry about it being LCD. It will still last like 20k hours. Which is 2 and a half years of watching TV without turning it off.

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I have this TV and I love it. I'm no connoisseur though, and I had gone from a nine-year-old Sanyo CRT that I tried to kill so I could get a flat screen. It never did die but I got this anyway. I paid $350 for it refurbished about eight months ago.

The first one I had died within two months and I had to get it replaced. The second one is perfect. Great sound and easy to configure. Awsome for Netflix movies played from my netbook, too.

I'd get another when the time comes, especially at this price.

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@jckurk: you should say that it will last UP-TO 20k hours... if you're referring to the CCFL. however the inverters (the 'starter' of the CFL) in these TVs are crap, and the inverter-ccfl combo will last more like 6-10k hours, depending on your brightness setting. (too bright or too dim shortens the life of the CCFL.)

You also did not take into account that even if it lasts that long, it will start getting a yellow tint after 2-3 years.

Don't get me wrong, LCD TVs are great. I have one. All I'm saying is, if you can get an LED TV for not much more (let alone the same price), you really should favor the LED. They will last 100k hours, and will not turn yellow. Basically what that means is that your backlight will last for the life of the TV, and it will be something else that breaks first. Another benefit of LED is the lack of the inverter, that means one less thing that could fail. Last but not least, LED consumes 50% less electricity, so your TCO is lower.

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Looking for cheaper one? Try iSymphony LC32iH56 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV foer $241.00
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Looking for quality? Try Panasonic VIERA TC-L32C3 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV for $388.00.
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@ctcsback: No, this is definitely a TV, not a monitor. The features page says it can handle 1366 x 768 resolution, which is pretty poor for a monitor.

I have a Samsung SyncMaster T260HD that's more of a TV/monitor. 1920x1200 resolution and has all the usual outlets for both TV and PC. I imagine there are newer models by now. Definitely take a hard look at resolution and response time if you want someething you can regularly hook your PC into.

(Although for watching streaming video like Netflix or Hulu, 720p is plenty.)

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FYI...Vizio is manufactured by Sony. So, you a quickly recognizable TV made by a reputable company for less. I have a 26" Vizio LED and took a chance because it was an open box item. The tv works great but you have to look at it straight on.

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@compugician: Before you jump all over @gxn, perhaps YOU should go back and read your comment. Your original comment makes it sound like the panel itself is NOT an LCD. Referring to LCD TVs that have LED backlighting as "LED TVs" is really incorrect. LED-LCD TV or something similar would be a better description. @gxn was merely trying to clarify your description of the TV.

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@ryancooke: That is NOT the same product. This appears to be USED (not refurb)- who wants a USED TV???? The warranty is 30 days (not 90). Heck of a gamble for $15

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@wht122: The product is not "used". Per the Secondipity.com site:

Excellent Condition
These items will be in near perfect condition. These items have been handled by the original owner, the store, and our facility. They may have a few minor scratches or cosmetic imperfections. The imperfections will not be immediately evident without a close inspection.

I agree with ryancooke, would rather have the cheaper one with free shipping than one I know was already broken once. Bad deal.

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Great TV? Maybe. Not so great service from Woot / Vizio. 15 days after Woot's 90-day warranty, the CCFL crapped out on this TV. Vizio says Woot is not an authorized retailer and Woot says, "Tough luck. QQ."

A real shame. If your TV is making the slightest hum at all when you buy this, contact Woot ASAP, or you're going to be screwed.

Nothing says lovin' like a TV that lasts 105 days.

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@briannagy: For this particular item the web site says "This item is in excellent condition. It has been thoroughly tested and is 100% functional." It does not say if it's used, demo, repo'd, etc. It does not say who "thoroughly tested" it. Was it the manufacturer or some guy in the back room? Plus the thoroughly tested TV has a whopping 30 day warranty.

The web site is named "Second" ipity (which screams second hand) and has zero ratings on resellerratings.com. Sorry, this is an iffy site at best. The $15 savings is not enough to justify the gamble for me. If your comfortable with sites like this go for it.

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I had a vizio that I used for at least 6 hours a day for over two years and it worked like nobody's business. These are well-made TVs and look fantastic. The whole "computer monitor at 1920x1080" is true, but it's scaled and doesn't look very crisp when you run at that res. If you run at 1360x768 it looks fine.

I recommend this TV since Vizio doesn't suck and people I've recommended them to haven't had a single complaint.

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@wht122: I purchased a Vizio "Excellent" Condition LED/LCD from secondipity about 6 months ago. The box was a little dinged up but I couldn't tell if the TV was new or refurbished. IT still had all the protective film on the pieces.
The TV has been perfect.
Secondipity is a child site of liquidation.com which processes store returns, closeouts. Secondipity basically sells the best of the stuff liquidation.com gets.

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I bought this TV from Woot as a referb a few months back and couldn't be happier. I have 4 HDTVs in my house, one being a 55" Plasma, a 42" Plasma, a 37" Samsung and the 32" Vizio. I have seen many horrible looking LCD TVs around but this model doesn't come close to that kind of category. The motion blur is pretty much typical for a LCD TV, not much more than a 120hz set. As far as the way overly marketed LED backlit TVs, Fluorescent back lighting is just fine with me. I don't like the bluish hue (white) LED HDTVs have anyway. For the price and size it is a spectacular deal and couldn't recommend more..

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Can anyone verify the dimensions?

The stand adds less than an inch in height, but adds almost 5 inches in depth? That seems off..

Also, do the dimensions include the bezel?

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@naktu: Yes, Vizio does make good quality for cheap, cant disagree there. However, i have to disagree about contrast ratio. dynamic contrast ratio means NOTHING. regular contrast ratio is what is important. unfortunately, all the numbers for specs are cooked, even in the large companys (sony, samsung etc...). I promise you, that nobody here has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio on their tv. They measure the contrast between the two extremes to get the contrast ratio. but with LED tv's, when they measure the black, they actually cut off the LED panel to measure, meaning there is no light at all. that essentially gives them a "zero" value. they then divide by this to get the 4,000,000:1 contrast ratio. but we all know dividing by zero is a mathmatical no no. in reality, even the best tv's out there only get about 25,000:1 ratio, and that includes my fancy LED at home with its "4 million to 1 ratio" continued....

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.... its a huge bummer, because there is no real governing body or authority for the TV industry, so the companies can get away with what is in fact, false advertising.. the vast majority of specs you seen listed on a tv are pretty useless. dont get me wrong, i'm not bashing LED's, i have one and they are badass, and do in fact have a higher contrast ratio than LCD, but its nowhere near as high as the manufacturers claim.

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I just received this Tv in the mail yesterday and it's amazing! The screen is bright and my PS3 games look incredible on it. I bought it from secondipity for about $30 less and free shipping though, refurbed.

About the size, it is about 35.5"across and the stand adds about 5" in height and depth.

This is a great tv, especially for gaming. Werd.

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I just bought a 32" LG LED TV at Walmart for $378, can't find reviews on it because it was manufactured in June 2011. EH, a little skeptical about buying without reviews but I have a 46" LG LCD, which I absolutely love, so I took the plunge. It was between a $328 Vizio LCD 720p and a $378 LG 1080p LED, kind of a no-brainer spending a little extra. Haven't seen the link to the TV posted online but sometimes Walmart has TV's that come and go in-store and are mis-priced (I'm guessing mine was one of them) and you can get a 2-year warranty for like $35. Sort of surprised to see the estimated yearly cost to operate the LED set was $8 (at five hours per day!). Anyway, Vizio is a sure thing for me, brother has had two 32" LCD's for years now, zero problems. Not overly spectacular but sufficient, reliable and affordable.

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@briannagy: "Original owner" is exactly the definition of used, they just managed to throw you off by mixing up and prettying up the chronological order of events: Rent-a-Center - original owner (guy who can't buy a TV outright)- their warehouse, was artfully reworded and reordered to "owner, the store, and our facility"... Not that I'm saying a second hand TV is a bad call, if it worked for a customer and still works for the test run that means it's unlikely to have defective parts that will blown in the first week. I just hate it when people fall for misrepresentation... unless I'm the one doing the misrepresenting ;)

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@compugician: I don't see how this is a bad deal. It's the same price as another place (which is below what Google says is the going rate), for a TV that, while not LED, draws 3 fewer watts, has a wider viewing angle, and has greater options in input.

Sure, it might not be the absolutely Best deal out there, but that doesn't mean it's "not a good deal."

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@veeper: Wow really?

I guess ripping people off as long as they agree to it is capitalism at it's best. Way to go woot!

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I would order one for my fitness center, not for profit, but my wife would kill me for ordering one more thing even though I'm going to donate it!

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@briannagy: Refurb doesn't mean broken. A lot of the "refurb" Vizios I've seen are ones that people buy, open, and return to Costco, which then get sent back to be "refurbished" since they cannot be sold as new anymore.

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I bought this exact model a few months ago. Requires adjustments to picture and sound whenever you switch from cable to DVD to HDMI. LCD backlighting leaves the screen fairly dark. Mine is in the bedroom for bedtime viewing so its not such a big deal, but, I wouldn't buy this television as your primary entertainment vehicle.

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@wht122: All of our TVs are tested by our trained team at our facility. We strive to always accurately list the condition of the product because fibbing would just lead to unhappy customers (plus it's just plain wrong). You have 30 days to return anything if it doesn't meet your expectations and, of course, I'm always here to help when needed :)

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I'm confused. Should I buy this TV for the living room? Should I wait for an LED TV?

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Sorry we're sold out, guys. For anyone that missed out, this may cheer you up...get 10% off all LG TVs with the promo code LGHDTV10 :)

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@tjusgorjus2: FYI: Vizio is NOT made by Sony but their manufacturer DOES do use other brands' lower end and rejected displays (LG, Pana, etc).

Amtran in Taiwan makes the majority of the Vizio tv's....IN TAIWAN. This whole "American Company" garbage is just that: a garbage marketing ploy that U.S. consumers are eating right up.

NOTHING is made here, folks. Don't believe the Vizio hype.

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@bhcompy: Interesting, I didn't realize.

I mean the word "refurbished" in itself leads you to believe something had to be changed in order to be resold. Perhaps they are selling as refurb without actually having to refurbish the product.

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@briannagy: In some cases, yes. It depends on the manufacturer, but many times a refurb doesn't always indicate "warranty claim".

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so appreciative of community's comments - have spent an hour researching this product. REALLY wanted to buy it, but so many negative comments about Vizio 32" and their customer service - seems a lot of people just got burned by Vizio/Sony...still, was considering it due to a lot of positive comments as well, until i read community comments here - if only 30 day warranty, woot also offering "oh-the-F-well" customer service, and notes here about LCD v LED....seems best to me to spend extra $100 - $150 & get product that will at least last beyond 2-3 years and/OR at least get good customer service for using my $ to keep people in business. thanks, guys - my burden of "good deal or not" is lifted :)

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@rstclair: You are suggesting that people refer to LED TVs as "LCD-panel LED-Backlight TVs", and to LCD TVs as "LCD-panel CCFL-Backlight TVs"? where is the benefit in that? I wasn't discussing the internals of the technology, I was merely telling people that at the current prices of LED TVs the purchase of an LCD TV is bad judgement, since you are buying a product for the same amount of money an LED would cost you, but it will last for much less time.

There are two kinds of people out there, the ones who know the technical difference between LCD and LED, and the ones who don't.
For the former group, using the fully-descriptive name, as you suggest, is redundant. For the latter, using the fully-descriptive name is useless, since they don't know anything about that and obviously don't care (otherwise they would belong to the first group anyway).

Either way, this forum is about the woot, not to teach people about CCFL hence using the common names, as used in stores, is perfectly fine.

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Bought Mine from secondipity last week, showed up today, still had the plastic on the screen. Like others have said, the box was a bit dinged up, but the TV itself looks brand spankin new. The picture is great and it was super easy to set up. So far happy as can be with it, only regret is I didn't buy 2 of them at that price.

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@compugician: Perhaps you should be a little more clear with what you're saying. As it stands now, what you wrote was incorrect/not accurate and you were called out on it. No big deal. I can always appreciate a comment that helps clarify something that somebody said that's incorrect.

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I ordered one of these on Wednesday and still no update as to it being shipped. Tiger Direct ships out 24/7 which amazed me. What's going on here?

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@cdecinko: Use your order number as the reference here:

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking

That said, take time to read the things that pop up when you order. Up to 5 business days for it to ship, for one. It's Woot.

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@mhudson88: Thanks for the tracking info. It shipped yesterday and is on it's way. Would have been nice for Woot to tell me that! Not hard in today's day and age to program an automatic notification to keep your customers updated. My account page is supposed to show when the order is shipped, per the FAQ, but it doesn't. Also, taking 5 days to ship is pretty lame for any company not working out of their garage or shipping heat sensitive items.